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Education - Public Programs Intern (Summer 2024)

Zoo AtlantaAtlanta, GA
Start date: 05/06/2024(flexible)Duration: 13 Weeks
Unpaid Internship16 - 24 hrs/wk

23 days ago


Summer 2024 Term Schedule:

  • Applications due: Friday, March 1
  • Determination letters sent by Friday, March 29
  • ​​​​​​​Term: May 6 – August 1 or May 28 – August 31

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The goal of the Education: Public Programs Internship is to provide a pre-professional, experiential learning opportunity for students interested in environmental conservation, informal education, program development, and communication. Interns will receive training in interpretive and informal education techniques, conservation education development, program evaluation, and relevant animal information. Upon completion of training, interns will be responsible for leading conservation education-based programs on Zoo grounds and the facilitation of guest education. Beyond gaining valuable work experience as a conservation educator, interns will also have the opportunity to network within one of the world’s most respected zoological and conservation organizations. 

RESPONSIBILIITES: The Education: Public Programs intern assists the Interpretive Programs Supervisor with all conservation and interpretation related efforts, projects, events and activities. Intern responsibilities may include: 

  • Participate in training to learn accurate exhibit information, including species and individual animal information. 
  • Participate in training/mentoring process to learn effective public speaking and interpretation techniques 
  • Assist Interpretive Programs Supervisor with education event days such as Animal Awareness Days and Citizen Science days. Duties include assisting with creating activity materials, volunteer scheduling, event set-up, and running event day activities. 
  • Run Conservation Station Carts to educate guests about various conservation issues. 
  • Use learned techniques, biofacts, and animal information to perform informal, general interpretation in front of animal habitats. 
  • Create a short interpretation presentation that connects guests to one of our species and/or inspires conservation action. 
  • Provide excellent guest service to Zoo Atlanta’s guests. 
  • Special projects as assigned. 


  • Gain professional hands-on experience in conservation education at a world-class nonprofit/zoological facility. 
  • Gain experience working with our Zoo Atlanta’s team on important conservation issues.  
  • Join Zoo Atlanta in its mission of wildlife conservation, education, and industry leading research

Required graduation year

2013 - 2025

Number of positions available



o Must be 18 years of age or older.

o Must be currently enrolled in an undergraduate or graduate program OR a recent graduate in environmental studies, zoology, theatre, psychology, biology, education, conservation, volunteer/nonprofit management or related field

o Must have job related experience, such as working in a nonprofit organization, education setting, animal conservation, and/or volunteering at a nonprofit organization

o Must be willing to submit to a background check and provide proof of negative TB test

o Available to commit a minimum of 16-24 hours per week. Saturday/Sunday availability is required

o Demonstrated strong conservation and environmental knowledge in order to communicate appropriate conservation and wildlife messages to all guests

o Demonstrated ability to communicate information in an informal setting, such that it is personal and relevant to guests

o Proven oral communication skills

o Willingness to intern outdoors in all weather conditions

o Ability to work well in a team environment and independently

About Zoo Atlanta

We’ve come a long way since opening our doors way back in 1889! Zoo Atlanta has changed dramatically since the earliest days of our Victorian origins, from the fascinating series of events that led to Atlanta’s first zoo, to the legendary Willie B., to the history of our giant panda program. We thank you for being part of the journey — our story is still being told!
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Skills you'll need for this internship

    task management
    project management
    written communication
    written and verbal communication
    oral & written communication skills

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What happens after you send in your application?

Zoo Atlanta has not provided an expected interview date. We asked Zoo Atlanta what they would do if an applicant does not move forward in the hiring process, and this is what they said: “Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to contact all applicants. Please note that determinations are based on qualifications and aligned with departmental needs. ”

Zoo Atlanta also indicates this role is likely to convert to full-time.

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Estimated Monthly Living Expenses

For Atlanta, GA | $3,272/mo

  • Housing/Rent$1,410

  • Miscellaneous$889

  • Food$432

  • Transportation$276

  • Utilities$265


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